GPRC Research & Innovation (R&I) leads the development of applied research and innovation for the College and region. GPRC is a Top 50 Canadian College for applied research. The Department of Research & Innovation provides management and support services for both applied research and innovation (commercialization) for the college and the community, including grants facilitation.
R&I advances innovation through its partnership with regional funding partners in the Peace Country and Yellowhead West by helping innovators, entrepreneurs, and students develop their ideas into new products and services for the marketplace. R&I hosts direct client services (consultation and mentoring) at its Centre 2000 office. R&I staff move innovation forward by contributing to blogs, leading workshops, and hosting events. R&I is the portal for innovative individuals or groups connecting with the College's faculty and students for assistance with research and development. It's about “Moving Innovation Forward”
Research & Innovation is also responsible for leading the College's two (soon to be three) major applied research initiatives: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council funded Pollutants-to-Products initiative and the Carbon Capture Solarium; and the National Bee Diagnostic Technology Access Centre (located in Beaverlodge). Community Enhancement Research is an emergent initiative focused on a number of community agency needs. R&I also provides leadership for the Alberta Rural Organic Waste to Resources Network (AROWRN); and supports the Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence and Innovation in Evergreen Park.
GPRC's CRI was created in 2007 when the Integrated Research Unit of GPRC merged with The Innovation Network of PREDA (Peace Region Economic Development Alliance).
The Province of Alberta enabled our start by providing funding for a 'one-stop-shop' for SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) through its Technology Commercialization Division of Advanced Education (now Innovation and Advanced Education). That meant accessible innovation and technology commercialization services for entrepreneurs and businesses in north-western Alberta.
Funds from the Rural Alberta Development Fund (August 2008 - June 2012) for Growing a Culture of Innovation in Northwest Alberta enabled us to establish the robust suite of services that we now provide.
GPRC's Centre for Research & Innovation is dedicated to maintaining the confidentiality of your ideas through strictly defined operating principles, policies and procedures.
Telling us about your idea is not considered public disclosure and will not jeopardize your patent application.
Intellectual Property remains one of our most popular services and is provided in partnership with Thompson Woodruff Intellectual Propery Law, of Edmonton.